Ankita Raina’s bid to qualify for a Grand Slam singles important draw failed but once more, when she misplaced the final round of the Australian Open qualifying occasion to Serbian Olga Danilovic on Wednesday. Within the ladies’s singles qualifiers being held in Dubai, Ankita misplaced the third and closing spherical 2-6 6-3 1-6 to her Serbian opponent in virtually two hours. Not with the ability to win factors on her first serve harm Ankita. Ankita stated her opponent got here out together with her finest sport.
“It was good tennis from each of us, prime stage from the primary sport. She was serving very properly and he or she was in a position to win free factors together with her serve,” Ankita advised PTI.
“Within the second set I began studying her serves properly and I began making higher counter returns which gave me a bonus at first of all of the factors. At first of third set she once more began serving properly and gained couple of fast factors the place she bought a 3-0 lead. She was in a position to improve her pace within the strokes and function properly.”
Ankita stated regardless of trailing 1-5 within the decider, she “did not quit until the final level.”
“I nonetheless had hope that I may come again as a result of I gave every thing I had on the market. I’m pleased with the preventing spirit I confirmed on the market at this time,” she added.
It was the Indian’s sixth try and qualify for a contest on the grand stage. Nonetheless, Ankita remains to be hoping to make the principle draw because the organisers have determined to take gamers, who misplaced within the closing spherical to Melbourne for ‘fortunate loser’ entry in case there are withdrawals.
“They (organisers) are taking me to Melbourne and contemplating the COVID-19 state of affairs, there may very well be withdrawals. I’m seventh within the queue. I’m nonetheless hopeful,” she stated.
In case she doesn’t make it, Sumit Nagal would be the solely Indian to compete within the singles occasion of the primary Grand Slam of the season. Nagal has been awarded a wild card entry into the lads’s singles occasion.
Ramkumar Ramanathan had misplaced within the first spherical of the lads’s singles occasion, whereas Prajnesh Gunneswaran misplaced within the second spherical to French participant Fixed Lestienne 2-6 3-6.
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